In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.
But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
Furiously Happy is Jenny Lawson’s second book and it’s less of an autobiography and more of a collection of funny and ridiculously honest stories, which made me snort-laugh several times while reading it in public.
While as individuals I feel like me and her are completely different, she still made so many parts of the book so relatable; she talks a lot about mental illness, being a blogger and just the everyday occurrences of being a slightly weird person, surrounded by slightly less weird people.
One of the big things I loved about this book is how it’s not some preachy manual for ‘how I got over my mental illness‘. Instead, she talks candidly about how she still suffers with anxiety and episodes of depression in a way that shows she’s accepted it as being a part of who she is but not in a defeatist way. She’s obviously smart, she’s funny and she’s successful and it’s really uplifting to read about a woman who doesn’t let the bad moments overwhelm the awesomeness of the rest of her life!